Simone Pearce's Small Tour Ride Montevideo Sold to Japan

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 22:25
Simone Pearce and Montevideo at the 2020 CDI-W Mariakalnok :: Photo © Petra Kerschbaum

Montevideo, Australian Simone Pearce's winning small tour horse, has been sold to a Japanese investor as an Olympic hopeful for Yuko Kitai.

Montevideo is an 8-year old Oldenburg gelding by Millennium out of Sissi (by Sancisco OLD). He is bred by ZG Wurzer and was owned by Sabine Rüben.

The elegant horse was first competed as a 4-year old by Elsa Maulet in 2016. In 2017 he moved to L-level. In 2018 Julia Spronck climbed aboard and showed him at M-level at local shows in north Germany. 

Pearce's Small Tour Winner

Sabine Rueben first presented the horse at S-level in April 2019 at the CDN Neu-Anspach. Shortly afterwards the ride was allocated to Australian Simone Pearce, who had left Helgstrand Dressage to work for Rueben and Gestut Sprehe. 

Montevideo at the 2020 CDN Essen-Herbergen
The new duo made its show debut in June 2020 at the local show in Okel, followed by a start at the home show in Herbergen-Essen.  They made their CDI debut in Mariakalnok, Hungary, where they won the Prix St Georges and Inter I Kur and placed second in the Inter I. A month later they went to the CDI Achleiten in Austria and swept the board, winning the Prix St Georges and Inter I with mid seventy percentage scores. 

On 29 October the pair tried to qualify for the 2020 Nurnberger Burgpokal (German Developing Prix St Georges Horse Championship) at the last qualifier in Ankum but finished fourth. The horse has been schooling the Grand Prix movements. 

"He really is a once in a life time horse and I’m simply humbled and proud to have gotten to be a part of this wonderful horse's career," said Pearce, announcing the sale.

New Sponsored Horse for Kitai

Yuko Kitai has found a new investor, Yukiko Komori, to buy her Montevideo as an Olympic hopeful.

Kitai and Chupa Chup in 2018
Yuko lives near Osnabruck with her show jumping life partner. Kitai represented Japan at the 2008 and 2016 Olympics on Rambo and Don Lorean. Between 2009 and 2014 she competed Yasumitsu Shigetha's Golden Coin at international Grand Prix level.

In 2017 Masahiro Kosaka sponsored Kitai on the mega talented Chupa Chup (by Sorento x Fidermark). The new pair aimed for the 2018 World Equestrian Games but did not make the team. After only one season together in 2018, Kitai and the chestnut disappeared from the scene entirely. Chupa Chup recovered from an injury and Kitai had no other horse to ride at the time.

Kitai has convinced a new sponsor to secure her a second horse. Montevideo and a recovered Chupa Chup will be her two irons in the fire for the future. 

A sponsor purchased Montevideo and the horse moved to Yuko's business in Osnabruck, while Chupa Chup remains at her trainer Patrik Kittel's yard. 

Photos © Petra Kerschbaum - LL-foto - Astrid Appels

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Scores: 2020 CDI Achleiten
Scores: 2020 CDI-W Mariakalnok
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